Why I Am Scared About Getting The Covid Shot

Yes, I admit it, I am scared about getting the covid shot. Ever since, the CDC first announced the development and distribution of the first series of Covid shots, I have been approaching this prospect with apprehension and anxiety. My fear of the Covid shot is probably equal to that of getting the Coronavirus itself. While it is true that I have preregistered to get the Coronavirus vaccination, fear surrounds me like a tightly wrapped bubble. I try to push the bubble away from me, but it bounces back, like that of an ever persistent fly. This fear still lingers and will continue to linger until I make a choice between what is hard and what is easy. To be or not to be? indeed.

A huge question mark drawn in the middle of a black board.
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Currently, getting the Covid shot is completely voluntary, at least in the United States. In this country as of this writing, about 35% of people (or 263 million people) are fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus [source]. Just seeing this number alone is reassuring. As further proof, I see family, friends, and neighbors who have gotten the Coronavirus vaccination with seemingly no adverse side effects. They are walking around outside, sometimes sans mask, but seemingly healthy and perhaps more confident. Seeing this does give me hope.

But then I read about how the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had to stop being administered due to a few cases of blood clotting issues. I saw this, and I felt ripples of fear within me. Suddenly, the Covid shot felt like an unknown entity, and despite its apparent good, who knows how it would react inside my body. What if I am part of the minority and the Covid shot does more bad than good?

Of course, the chances of that are relatively low. Many have gotten the Covid shot and are perfectly healthy. Many have gotten the shot with no long term side effects. But then there are the short term side effects, which also scare me. I have read that the short term side effects from the Covid shot are similar to that of the flu, with symptoms such as nausea, chills, fever, and muscle pain. Of course, these side effects don’t seem particularly terrible or life impacting, but they do cause even a small disturbance from daily life.

But besides the side effects, what is even worse is the shot itself. Anyone who knows me knows that I am terrified of getting a shot. I don’t even like to get my blood drawn unless absolutely necessary. And the Covid shot is stuck directly into a muscle in the arm. Have you ever had a shot in the muscle? It hurts a lot.

Of course, all of these fears and even complaints seem like minor inconveniences. When I do get the Covid shot, I will be fine and can look back at my fear with some humor. When I do get the Covid shot, I can walk down the aisle at the store and not consciously back away in order to maintain the required amount of distance. And when I do get the Covid shot, I can finally attempt a semblance of normality.

But first, I need to pluck up my courage. Perhaps with hope this fear will soon turn into a story of how I overcame yet another fear. Perhaps once I get the Covid shot, the Coronavirus will seem that much less threatening and fearful.

Are you, or were you, scared about getting the Covid shot?

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20 thoughts on “Why I Am Scared About Getting The Covid Shot

  1. I had my first shot of AstraZeneca a little over a month ago. I was aware of the potential blood clot risk, but chose to focus on the facts rather than the fear. Personally, I had no side effects other than a sore arm the next day.

    Good luck. I know you’ll make the decision that is right for you.

    1. Hey Michelle!
      Thanks for reading & sharing! I haven’t heard of AstraZeneca but glad that you experienced no side effects.

  2. I had no fear of the shot but that is just me. I don’t downplay anyones fear of needles or vaccines either. I come from a family of examples of what not getting vaccinated can do. Two cousins did not get measel vaccines and lost their hearing. The disease went into their ears and destroyed their hearing.

    Aftet my mom had polio – it was a no brainer that my brothers and I get the Salk vaccine when it came out.

    Your personal fears are valid, just don’t let a few problem cases overwhelm your thinking. You will be fine.

    1. That is true. Fortunately most of those cases are the 1% so the chances of being in that group are pretty slim

  3. I can understand the different thoughts that have run through your head. I am not good with needles at all. Normally, I would be concerned but I seem quite rational about having the jab. The vaccination roll out is way behind here, which means more time to see how effective the vaccines are. On top of that, over the last month, I have had enough injections and so on to make me quite matter of fact about it all 😊

    1. Yes, I am thinking that waiting a bit might be the best course of action, to make sure that vaccines are as safe as they can be.

  4. Hi, my dear friend.
    I was very wary of getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and passed on early opportunities (due to Anita being a UK prof). They are using a new technique of mRNA for the vaccines which is a first. I figured everyone scared to die could try them out, and I would wait for a couple years.
    But then the J&J vaccine came along. I read the literature in medical journals about the development and Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials, and no deaths and minimal side effects. They are using an attenuated adenovirus with the “spike” of the CCP virus added; a technique used for over 50 years. No special refrigeration or handling required beyond normal lab procedures. So when J&J and the UK offered a clinical trial comparing one- and two-dose regimens, we signed up. We found out later (after the study was ‘unblinded’) that Anita received placebo but I received the vaccine. Then the strokes occurred, but only a couple out of millions of doses administered.
    Note: I have had six thrombogenic strokes, and am due for the second dose this week.
    No fear, in that I am ready to go Home, if that happens, but no expectation that I will be one of the extremely rare blood clot victims. ❤️&🙏, c.a.

  5. I got my first shot today and I was scared too but the process was so smooth and nothing to worry about!!! I will write more about it in my upcoming post 🙂🙂🙂🙂

  6. My mom and all my close friends got the vaccine since they’re all in health care. Ironically my husband who is essential did not despite his entire family getting COVID in Jan. And on Sunday he just tested positive for COVID and passed it to me.

    Honestly, I’d much rather suck up my fear of needles and get the vaccine for 2 days of soreness instead of weeks of feeling COVID again. I won’t lie, I am scared of the vaccine, I usually get really bad reactions to vaccines but MAN.

  7. I’m 15 so I’ll probably get my first shot after a month, but everyone else in my family has gotten their first shot and hopefully, in two weeks all the elder people of my family will get completely vaccinated. Yesterday, my siblings got their first dose of the vaccine ‘Covishield’, they were totally fine for the first 7-8 hours after getting vaccinated but after that my sister fell really sick. She had a high fever and also muscle pain but she’s doing fine now. My brother didn’t have any side effects, he was just feeling lazy and had a fever at night but both of them are well now. I was also a little scared because many people were talking about side effects but as I’m the only one left in my whole family, I just want to get vaccinated soon.

    1. Thanks for sharing! Yes I imagine being the only left not vaccinated can feel just as much worrisome as getting vaccinated.

  8. I had the Moderna series, 2nd one was just on the 6th of this month.
    As predicted I did suffer the sore arm (ouch!) some body aches, low grade fever, and some bad fatigue. Honestly an entire day of rest and water was my cure all. The next day, except for my arm, I felt MUCH better.
    Now that it is done and over with I feel guarded and confident, not to mention happy I am pushing us towards “herd immunity” and normalcy.
    I was nervous too, but I also took my aunt with me on the first shot and waited a bit after they allowed 18+ to be vaccinated… just to see. My advice is be VERY comfortable with your choice, but don’t let fear rule your decision

    1. Thanks for sharing! Your anecdote certainly puts many of my fears at ease. And it is good to know that the soreness doesn’t last too long.

  9. Here in the UK there has been blood clotting side affects of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine. I had this vaccine in February and had the second shot over a week ago now. I was sick for 3 days with the first (it was bearable) and have had hardly any side effects with the second.

    All of the things you are worried about are also side affects if you get covid. You can develop blood clots from contracting it. The chances of getting a blood clot are literally the smallest. Its like 70 people out of millions. Which is nothing!

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